34 still in hospital a week after Singapore Airlines’ turbulence

Post-chaos: The interior of Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 is pictured after an emergency landing at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Thailand, last week. — Reuters

Thirty-four Singapore Airlines passengers remain hospitalised in Bangkok almost one week after their flight struck turbulence, underscoring the severity of the fatal incident.

In an update late on Monday, the airline said 50 people on the London-Singapore service on May 21 are still in the Thai capital, including those receiving medical treatment.

All the crew from Flight SQ321 have returned to Singapore.Thai authorities said most of the injuries involved the head or spine, and more than a dozen people needed surgery.

Singapore Airlines has since introduced tighter cabin restrictions during turbulence, though it stopped short of compelling passengers to wear seatbelts for the whole flight.

The airline said it is cooperating fully with authorities investigating the incident, which left one man dead. The plane made an emergency landing in Bangkok. — Bloomberg

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